Title: Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Author: Lynne Jonell
Publisher: Henry Holt
Date Read: 3-15-2011
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GoodReads Blurb: Emmy was a good girl.At least she tried very hard to be good. She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days.
She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . .
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My Review: I absolutely adored Emmy. She tried so hard to be good and perfect for so long, but nobody ever seemed to notice or care. So she befriends the class pet rat and her adventure to the truth begins. I really felt sympathy for Emmy because all she wanted was her parents to care for her as they had before moving to the big mansion.
Emmy's friendship with Joe was so heart-warming, and I loved that she didn't understand him at first, until she found out that she wasn't the only one with screwy parents. The Rat and the other rodents, particularly Endearing Mouse, were all so unique and had such distinct personalities that I kept forgetting they were animals.
While this is part fantasy, part scary nanny, part growing up, the many parts come together to make such a nice, complete picture of Emmy and the love she and her parents have for each other. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Also by this author: Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls (2010), Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry (coming in 2011)
Books read in 2011: 25